Survey Results
 
 
       

Survey BB-51 :
The August survey takes recruitment as its theme and asks for your views on skill shortages, sales to the public sector, government plans for flexible working, the EU Work Time Directive, interaction with local schools and expanding barometer coverage.


Question NumberQuestion
Q1To what extent do you consider employment regulation as a barrier to taking on new staff?
Q2Are sufficient numbers of young people attracted to your industry to ensure adequate availability of skilled labour in the future?
Q3To what extent is your business constrained by shortages of Key Skills? (eg. Numeracy, Communication, basic IT skills etc.)
Q4To what extent is your business constrained by shortages of Technical Skills?
Q5Do you employ graduates straight out of University?
Q6If yes, do you find that they have been well prepared for employment?
Q7To what extent is your business constrained by problems of recruitment or of access to graduates?
Q8It's a year since the government announced plans to encourage smaller businesses to participate in the supply chain for the public sector. What percentage of your turnover refers to sales to the public sector (Hospitals, Schools, Local Authorities etc.)
Q9"Government plans to encourage flexible working hours will be damaging for small business." To what extent do you agree with this statement?
Q10The UK has an opt out of the EU work time directive to prevent employees working over 48 hrs per week. Should this option be renewed given that work requirements, like the demands for goods and services have peaks and troughs.
Q11Does your business maintain regular contact with local schools?
Q12With increased media interest , we are aiming to expand barometer coverage. What would you consider the most effective process:

(1) To what extent do you consider employment regulation as a barrier to taking on new staff?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. highly significant22%
225.2%
325.2%
416.5%
5. insignificant11%

(2) Are sufficient numbers of young people attracted to your industry to ensure adequate availability of skilled labour in the future?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. sufficient15.7%
2.11.8%
3.22.8%
4. insufficient40.2%
5. not applicable9.4%

(3) To what extent is your business constrained by shortages of Key Skills? (eg. Numeracy, Communication, basic IT skills etc.)
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. highly7.9%
2.19.7%
3.32.3%
4.20.5%
5. not at all19.7%

(4) To what extent is your business constrained by shortages of Technical Skills?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. highly13.4%
2.27.6%
3.21.3%
4.25.2%
5. not at all12.6%

(5) Do you employ graduates straight out of University?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. yes32.3%
2. no67.7%

(6) If yes, do you find that they have been well prepared for employment?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. very well prepared 0.8%
2.4.7%
3.18.1%
4.10.2%
5. totally unprepared 3.1%
6. not applicable63%

(7) To what extent is your business constrained by problems of recruitment or of access to graduates?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. highly4.7%
2.5.5%
3.18.9%
4.18.1%
5. not at all52.8%

(8) It's a year since the government announced plans to encourage smaller businesses to participate in the supply chain for the public sector. What percentage of your turnover refers to sales to the public sector (Hospitals, Schools, Local Authorities etc.)
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. more than 75%2.4%
2. 51%-75%3.1%
3. 26% - 50%3.9%
4. 1% - 25%44.1%
5. 0%46.5%

(9) "Government plans to encourage flexible working hours will be damaging for small business." To what extent do you agree with this statement?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. highly20.5%
2.22%
3.29.1%
4.14.2%
5. not at all14.2%

(10) The UK has an opt out of the EU work time directive to prevent employees working over 48 hrs per week. Should this option be renewed given that work requirements, like the demands for goods and services have peaks and troughs.
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. yes (renew)78.7%
2. no (accept EU directive)21.3%

(11) Does your business maintain regular contact with local schools?
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. yes34.6%
2. no65.4%

(12) With increased media interest , we are aiming to expand barometer coverage. What would you consider the most effective process:
ResponseTotal answers: 127
%
1. personal recommendation25.2%
2. personal letter from Professor Binks14.2%
3. email prompt 43.3%
4. leafleting2.4%
5. telephone call12.6%
6. presentation2.4%